Advantage Margin: -8
The Isles were among the League's better teams at drawing power plays (302, No. 8 in the League) but the NHL's most-penalized team was, not surprisingly, among the busiest at having to kill penalties (310, 23rd).
Special Teams Goal Margin: +8
That the Isles were positive on special teams mostly is attributable to two players -- Frans Nielsen
and Michael Grabner
. The Isles' top penalty-killing duo combined for 13 of the Islanders' League-leading 15 shorthanded goals.
Goals by defensemen: 24
Considering they played all season without Mark Streit
, their best defenseman, getting as many goals as they did from their defense corps was an achievement. Streit's return should bump this number higher.
Total: 11-7-6 OT: 7-7 SO: 4-6
The Isles' shootout record would have been better if their goaltenders had done better than a .588 save percentage. New York's shooters were 5-for-10 on the road but just 6-for-21 at home.
Times Scored First: 29
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
2010-11 SEASON STATS
||73 (14th East/27th NHL)
|Change from 2009-10
||40 (13th East/25th NHL)
||33 (14th East/27th NHL)
Not only were the Islanders the worst team in the NHL at getting the jump on the opposition, they weren't much of a comeback team. New York was 10-35-8 (.189) in the 53 games in which opponents got the first goal.
Best 2010-11 Number: 92
Goals scored by the Islanders in the second period, third-most in the League. They outscored opponents 92-84 in the middle period -- but were outscored 80-58 in the first period and 87-68 in the third.
Worst 2010-11 Number: 1,515
Penalty minutes assessed to the Islanders, the most of any team in the NHL. Center Zenon Konopka
, now with Ottawa, led all players with 307 penalty minutes, 97 more than runner-up Chris Neil
The Islanders open the season with four home games, their longest season-opening stretch since they entered the NHL with seven straight home games in 1972-73. They have no homestand longer than four games and no trip longer than a five-gamer in late March. The Isles have just 13 back-to-back games this season, down from 21 in 2009-10.